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Sopotit Waterfall


 Sopotit Waterfall

Trail distance: 5, 7 kilometers (round trip)
Elevation min: 464 meters, max: 867 meters
Cumulative height uphill: 300 meters, downhill: 300 meters
Difficulty level:  Easy
Time:  3 hours
Markings: white/red/white ?

This is a short hike from the village of Stëmbec to the beautiful waterfall at the foot of Nëmërçka Mountain wall. This trail offers amazing views of the most dramatic southern face of Nëmërçka Mountain including the natural monument of Cirku Akullnajor Nëmërçkës (the glacial of Nëmërçka). This glacial has the shape of a giant armchair with two kilometers of length and 600 meters of width.

You can park at the Stëmbec village at a nice meadow before the center of the village (WP 1) and then follow the dirt road uphill west. Few meters further take left at the crossing of WP 2 and after reaching the center of the village take the narrow stone rood lined by houses. Follow the stone road for some meters uphill and automatically you will get to the trail head (WP 3). The trail is clear and goes gently uphill with marvelous views towards Nëmërçka Mountain.
Keep left at the next fork of WP 4 to follow the trail or take right to reach a water source just few meters further. Approx. 150 meters beyond you will get to a beautiful meadow with breathtaking views towards the village, valley and the Nëmërçka Mountain (WP 5). From here you can also see the waterfall at the gorge and the trail is easily identifiable. It has some exposed parts but safe to pass.
From the waterfall one can chose either to get back to the village or explore a little bit more by taking a south ascent to the glacial of Nëmërçka.

UTM waypoints
1. 34 T 454275 4444965, parking possibility, 460 m
2. 34 T 454332 4444909, crossing, 482 m
3. 34 T 454376 4444866, mule path, 502 m
4. 34 T 453839 4444661, fork, 557 m
5. 34 T 453747 4444643, meadow, 592 m
6. 34 T 452527 4444049, waterfall, 800 m

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